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Callebaut Test Kitchen
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Special Features & Exhibitors
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Callebaut Test Kitchen



 At the heart of the smooth Festival of Chocolate in The Rocks is the home to amazing food talent that entertain and inspire with their creative approach to working with chocolate. Hosted by Cameron Daddo from smoothfm, the Callebaut Test Kitchen stage presents some of Sydney’s most skillfull pastry chefs and chocolatiers win an interactive and fun-filled experience.

Every session show cases a unique recipe and after the demonstration each audience member gets to savour a sample of an utterly sumptuous creation! Yum! Plus every session has great prizes for the audience to win!

Some of the industry greats like Adriano Zumbo and Jean Michel Raynaud have performed on the Callebaut Test Kitchen Stage over the past three years along with one of the pioneers of the Australian pastry scene, Dean Gibson, award winning chocolatier Jodie Van Der Velden from Josophan’s Fine Chocolates and fan favourite pastry chef Giovana Falanga to the festival. 

In 2017, the line up includes:


Saturday 12 August:

Ashley Clarke – Chef and Creator, The Choc Pot - 11am

Jean Michel Raynaud - La Renaissance Patisserie, The Rocks - 12pm

Kirsten Tibballs - Callebaut Ambassador, Australia's Queen of Chocolate and owner of Savour School Melbourne - 1pm

Jodie Van Der Velden - Highly acclaimed and awarded chocolatier and owner of Josophan's Fine Chocolates - 2pm

Giovana Falanga - accomplished and awarded Pastry Chef and owner of ByGigi - 3pm

Damien Heads - Tv Personality & Executive Chef and owner Woodland Kitchen, Neutral Bay - 4pm

Elsa Li - Pastry Chef Petal Met Sugar - 5pm


Sunday 13 August 

Jenifer Lo - Pastry Chef and Chocolatier Bakedown Cakery - 11am

Sina Klug - Chef and creator Nutie Donuts Balmain - 12pm

Kirsten Tibballs - Callebaut Ambassador, Australia's Queen of Chocolate and owner of Savour School Melbourne  - 1pm

Daria Nechiporenko  - 2018 Australian representative World Chocolate Masters and Jr Sous Chef ICC Sydney - 2pm

Riccardo Falcone - Corporate Pastry Chef Rockpool Dining Group - 3pm 

Lisa Featherby - Senior Food Editor, Australian Gourmet Traveller - 4pm 


For your chance to win a seat for you and 3 friends in the Callebaut Test Kitchen head here:


Presented by Callebaut Belgian Chocolate and proudly built and designed by Knebel Kitchens.

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Damien Heads
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Jenifer Lo
Callebaut Test Kitchen
Callebaut Test Kitchen